Ah, spring…the grass is getting greener, days are staying lighter for longer and you can feel that summer is just around the corner. Now that it’s finally warming up outside, Tucker and I are seeing more of our favorite four-legged friends out on walks and we think it’s time to take out some of our favorite summer gear! Here’s a list of some products I use with Tucker to keep him cool and safe during the sunny season:

1) Hugs Pet Products Chilly Mat: I bought this last summer for Tucker as our apartment tends to get a little warmer and even though we have cork floors, I wanted him to have something to lay on after we got back from walks. I didn’t know if he would like it but he did, and it stayed relatively cool. The mat features a pressure-activated cooling gel so there’s no need to freeze or chill the product. It’s lightweight and portable and can also provide comfort to dogs with joint pains. Prices range depending on size.

Tucker staying cool on his Chilly Mat. Photo by Carly Simpson, Tails of a Crazy Dog Mom

Tucker staying cool on his Chilly Mat. Photo by Carly Simpson, Tails of a Crazy Dog Mom


2) Gulpy Water Dispenser: I’m not sure I’ve encountered a dog owner that doesn’t have one of these yet. Compact and easy to carry, these water dispensers are a god-send for your walks. We have several different sizes. Prices vary depending on size.

3) Mushers Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax: Bonus alert! This product is good for ALL seasons. This wax protects a dog’s paws from the ice and salt in winter to the hot pavement and sand in the summer. It’s non-toxic and can be used to prevent abrasions, drying, cracking and burning. Your dog’s paw pads will thank you. Prices vary but product is usually around $15.

4) Orvis Canine First Aid Kit: Thankfully, I haven’t needed to use it yet, but it’s always good to have a first aid kit for your pup. While there are several out there, this one features fifty first-aid items, such as scissors, gauze, iodine prep pads, antiseptic towelettes, sting relief pad and an instant cold pack. Better to be safe than sorry! The price for this particular kit is $35.

What are some of the items you and your doggie friends love around this time of year? Pull them out of your closets and we’ll see you outside!

During the day, Carly Simpson works in government affairs for a trade association. After hours, Carly can be found spending time with her golden retriever, Tucker, and her husband, Jason. To learn more about Tucker’s adventures, visit tailsofacrazydogmom.com or follow Tucker on Twitter @TuckersTails.